Freehold condos are a popular choice among discerning buyers, especially those who see property as assets to be passed down to the next generation.
But besides the usual “walking distance to MRTs” or proximity to local eateries, sometimes there’s not much that distinguishes one condo from the next.
We’ll highlight 6 freehold properties with unique characteristics that are worth a second look. Whether it’s a park connector at your doorstep or the rare development with dual-key units, there’s something for everyone.
Think of Freesia Woods as a green sanctuary amidst a well-developed district not far from the city centre. In its backyard is the Ulu Pandan Park Connector, which connects the Pandan Gardens Leisure Park along the Pandan River all the way to Buona Vista MRT.
It offers a doorstep connection to both Dover MRT and one of the ‘greenest’ running tracks – or a flat terrain for amateur skaters – between District 11 and 21.
Freesia Woods encompasses four blocks, all with direct paths to the pool and other amenities at the centre. Just next door (2-min walk, or 180m), you’ll find Clementi Arcade, where you can pick up groceries at Cold Storage or perhaps a pint of ice cream from Daily Scoop.
If we had to choose one word to describe Clementi Park Condo, it would be spacious. Their 3- and 4-bedroom configurations start at 1,625 sqft and go all the way up to 6,727 sqft – plenty of room for a growing family or a homeowner who values having plenty of room.
This does come at a higher quantum though: the last transacted unit in March went for $2.91 million for a 1,959 sqft 3-bedder ($1,485 psf).
As a large, older development, Clementi Park also features full resort-style amenities like a badminton hall with hardwood floors, mini-marts, a sauna, and both squash and tennis courts.
For those who enjoy the bustle of an urban lifestyle without foregoing the option to retreat into serenity, this freehold integrated development may be just the ‘gem’ for you.
Kensington Square is a small development with just 141 residential units, which sits atop a lively environment of 57 commercial units. Retailers, F&B establishments, and plenty of personal service providers are just a lift ride from your doorstep.
This is also one of the few developments with 2- and 3-bedroom dual-key units, if you’re looking to rent out part of the space but still retain a bit more privacy. Kensington Square is also newer (TOP 2017) so units run smaller than those in older developments: 3-bedders range from 915 to 1,206 sqft.
Situated near the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Signature Park offers a full suite of amenities including squash and tennis courts, sauna, clubhouse, and a small putting green.
At 928 units, this is a large development. Still, it doesn’t feel too crowded since the units only go up to 10 floors and are spread out over a massive gross floor area of 124,288 m2. The unusual shape of the swimming pool in the centre means the blocks are spaced a good distance apart, so residents get privacy while still enjoying the many conveniences.
A plus side here is that maintenance fees are low – between $256 to $340 – but the downside is that certain parts may feel a little run-down at times. The main amenities (like the pool) are well-maintained, however.
Country Park Condo is a development that mirrors the quaint, homely feel of the East. It’s low density with only 160 units on a land size of 14,797 m2, giving off a bit of a small-town vibe.
Units here get a private lift, though the exclusivity and privacy also come with higher maintenance fees of about $500 a month.
There’s plenty of food and open space for leisure activities: East Coast Park is a 10-minute bus ride away, while Bedok Food Centre is a 3-min walk (220m). The nearest MRT (Tanah Merah) is a 15-20 min walk away though (1.4km), so this location is best for those who drive.
A boutique development of only 122 units, Landbay Condo was designed to feel like a Balinese-concept resort. Tucked away in Jln Hajijah, the rectangular compound completely encloses the swimming pool while overlooking a row of landed properties.
The great thing about this place is that it really does feel like a retreat from the hustle and bustle from the city. The trade-off is a bit of convenience, though: the nearest MRT is Bedok, which is a good 25-30 min walk (2.1km) away.
That said, East Coast Park is just a 12-min walk (950m) away, and you won’t lack food options with Bedok South Market (1.2km) and all the restaurants along Upper East Coast Road.